Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami, and.... fat? Dr. Russell Keast
, an Austrailian scientist who studies
"perceived flavour, consumer acceptance and preference of foods and nutrition," has conducted research exploring humans' apparent sixth taste perception: fat. The kicker? Sensitivity to the taste of fat was negatively correlated with fat intake and BMI. Dr. Keast discussed the results of his latest research
, and The Sydney Morning Herald
. (via) [more inside]
posted by sentient
on Mar 11, 2010 -
is an awful disease. Its symptoms are the four D's -- diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia, and death, unpleasant by anyone's standards. Caused by a deficiency in niacin
, pellagra is uncommon in developed nations thanks to the fortification
of bread products with niacin. But could excess niacin be causing the rapid rise in type II diabetes? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte
on Dec 26, 2009 -
Dismal economy got you down? Chin up, sport - it's possible to save money and eat like a king at one of America's abundant all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants
. Before you and your dining companion are whisked off this culinary land of plenty, take note of the definitive strategy guide
to maximize both your dollar and your waistline. Fill up on tips such as: Wear items with intricate patterns or designs that will disguise spills and stains.
As you get your game plan together, here's your anthem.
posted by porn in the woods
on Nov 10, 2009 -
Sugar: The Bitter Truth.
Robert H. Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, discusses the biochemical properties of fructose and makes the case for why it should be considered, essentially, a poison. [Youtube, 1.5 hours] [more inside]
posted by knave
on Oct 8, 2009 -
The winter of 1944–45 is known as the ‘Hunger Winter’ in The Netherlands, which was occupied by the Germans in May 1940. Beginning in September 1944, Allied troops had liberated most of the South of the country, but their advance towards the North came to a stop at the Waal and Rhine rivers and the battle of Arnhem. In support of the Allied war effort, the Dutch government in exile in London called for a national railway strike to hinder German military initiatives. In retaliation, in October 1944, the German authorities blocked all food supplies to the occupied West of the country.
Despite the war, nutrition in The Netherlands had generally been adequate up to October 1944. Thereafter, food supplies became increasingly scarce. By November 26, 1944, official rations, which eventually consisted of little more than bread and potatoes, had fallen below 1000 kcal per day, and by April 1945, they were as low as 500 kcal per day. Widespread starvation was seen especially in the cities of the western Netherlands. Food supplies were restored immediately after liberation on May 5, 1945.
But for many, who weren't even born
when it started, the hongerwinter
continues. Why? In part
because "certain environmental conditions early in human development can result in persistent changes in epigenetic information"
via DNA methylation. Epigenetics
seems like a little bit of Lamarckism:
environmental effects on a parent -- or even a grandparent -- can be passed to offspring, even without
permanent changes to DNA.
posted by orthogonality
on Sep 7, 2009 -
"How do black women fight crime? They have abortions
." "How do you stop a poofter from drowning? You take your foot off his head
." These and other 'jokes' featured in an advertisement on The Gruen Transfer
, an Australian television program focusing on advertising. The ad, part of a segment called 'The Pitch' which usually produces humorous ads, was banned by the ABC, but the national broadcaster has still allowed it to be viewed online, and hundreds have now seen it. The ad was designed to sell "fat pride", with creator Adam Hunt explaining his motivation behind the ad being to say "if you discriminate against somebody on the basis of their shape then you are no different to someone who is racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic." Debate has raged online if the ad is offensive and discriminatory
, as the ABC has declared, and whether or not it was effective. Watch the ad and judge for yourself
posted by Effigy2000
on May 15, 2009 -
can be “caught” as easily as a common cold from other people’s coughs, sneezes and dirty hands.... As many as one in three obese people may have become overweight after falling victim to the highly infectious cold-like virus, known as AD-36.
posted by caddis
on Jan 26, 2009 -
It's a Big World After All.
The Disneyland Small World ride is going to be closed for 10 months in 2008 due to refurbishing. The main reason for the refurbishing: the ride isn't built to accommodate today's average passengers' body weights.
posted by Bugbread
on Oct 29, 2007 -
Obesity has been called an epidemic in the United States.
Looking at an interactive statistic [CNN, flash]
of the state-by-state numbers is sobering mf
64% of adults are overweight and approx 25% are obese
The usual suspects have so far been a culture of low-exercise mf
high-consumption (due to urban sprawl, driving
, TV, ... ),
and bad diet
(the ubiquity of
with its high levels of fat, sugar and salt. Recently the high fructose levels in the common American diet has also been noted.
Fructose comprises 50% of table sugar and up to 90% of high-fructose corn
syrup (HFCS), both ingredients found in copious
amounts in most American 'convenience' foods.
[Wikipedia: Fructose#References, Wikipedia:HFCS]).
Now it seems that a
is a common virus, the
, which may really make obesity
an actual epidemic. [Int. Journal of Obesity
posted by umop-apisdn
on Aug 21, 2007 -
No running in PE.
I was talking to my kids about school the other day. We were discussing what they do in their different classes and the conversation came around to physical education (PE). I was shocked when they told me that their gym teacher forbids running in PE class. What?! No running in PE? It’s true.
posted by John of Michigan
on Oct 7, 2006 -
Can microbes make us fat? Of the trillions and trillions of cells in a typical human body — at least 10 times as many cells in a single individual as there are stars in the Milky Way — only about 1 in 10 is human. The other 90 percent are microbial. These microbes — a term that encompasses all forms of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and a form of life called archaea — exist everywhere.
New evidence suggests microbes in our bodies can determine how efficiently we process food and affect our hunger centers.
posted by caddis
on Aug 13, 2006 -
NSFW "Here at Fantasy Feeder
we either want to be fat or we want to fatten. We're feeders and feedees obsessed with over endulging our huge bellies and fat bottoms, and we're here to share stories, play online games and encourage each other to gain weight."
posted by holloway
on Nov 15, 2005 -
A new piece examines the politics of the fat. Despite the growing numbers of people who are becoming obese, the fat acceptance movement
remains oddly stunted in terms of membership. The growing civil rights movement faces many problems, including presenting a respectable face to the public. You see, many of the people
who are in charge are feeders (NWS)
. Many wonder
how the movement be taken seriously when so many who lead are sexual deviants and much of the revenue generated for size acceptance efforts is through pornography? Still, the battle rages on
posted by skjønn
on Nov 3, 2005 -
The life and death of a supersized man.
Walter Hudson was fat. Precisely how fat was impossible to determine, because the one time he agreed to be weighed on an industrial-strength scale, it broke. (Maybe it was something he ate?
) But no one denies that Hudson was one of the most obese people
of the modern era (note: pictures not safe before lunch). Former comic, erstwhile diet guru
, civil rights activist
and Michael Jackson proponent
Dick Gregory was one of Hudson's many exploiters, but Hudson's agoraphobic
existence sounds almost beatific.
posted by digaman
on Sep 18, 2004 -
Another touching, sad, chilling account of obesity in America.
The story of Anamarie Regino, a 3-year-old who was abnormally large for her age. Anamarie was taken out of her parents' custody because, it was determined, her life was in jeopardy because of her size. This despite a 550 calorie/day diet and obvious signs that "too much food" wasn't an issue.
posted by hijinx
on Jul 19, 2004 -
Scientists know that being fat reduces your lifespan,
making you more susceptible to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and a host of other bad things. However they are only beginning to understand why. "Fat tissue is now recognized to be the body's biggest endocrine organ," producing 25 known signaling compounds and a variety of proteins.
posted by ilsa
on May 12, 2004 -